=== Pirates surge past Cardinals for division lead ===
 
 Pittsburgh,  PA (Sports Network) - Russell Martin hit a three-run home run and
 A.J. Burnett pitched seven solid innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates grabbed the
 lead in the NL Central with a 7-1 win.
 
 Pittsburgh now leads the division by one game over St. Louis, with a chance to
 extend the lead in Sunday's finale of this three-game set.
 
 "We're  heading in  the right direction but  we've got a long way to go," said
 Pittsburgh  manager Clint  Hurdle. "One of the things I share with new players
 coming  in here  is to fear nothing  and respect everything and that's the way
 we'll keep doing it."
 
 Burnett  (7-9) gave  up a run on four  hits and a walk with six strikeouts and
 added  an RBI  single, while  Neil Walker  went 3-for-4  with an  RBI for  the
 Pirates, who have won three of their last four.
 
 Lance  Lynn (13-9) was tagged for all seven runs on 10 hits and three walks in
 just  four innings  of work  for the  Cardinals, who  have dropped  their past
 three. Carlos Beltran drove in the only run of the game for the team.
 
 "They  hit a couple  of the balls  really hard  against Lynn,"  said St. Louis
 manager  Mike Matheny. "This  was not what he was looking for when he went out
 there today."
 
 The  Pirates got  on the board in  the second inning thanks to consecutive RBI
 singles from Burnett and Jose Tabata for a 2-0 lead, but the Cardinals got one
 back in the third off of Beltran's run-scoring base hit.
 
 Pittsburgh,  though, responded with a big bottom of the third to take over the
 game.
 
 Pedro Alvarez led off with a double and quickly scored on a single from Marlon
 Byrd.  After  Garrett Jones  walked, Martin  slammed a pitch  over the wall in
 right-center for his 13th homer of the season.
 
 After  the next  two batters  recorded outs,  Tabata singled  and scored  on a
 Walker triple for a 7-1 advantage.
 
 St.  Louis  had just  three baserunners  after the  third inning as Pittsburgh
 cruised to the victory.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Pirates have  taken 10 of the  15 games against the Cardinals this season
 ... Pittsburgh batted 4-for-12  with runners in scoring position ... Joe Kelly
 pitches for St. Louis in the finale on Sunday, while Kris Johnson counters for
 Pittsburgh.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 09/01 01:32:03 ET